SEAGULLS manager Kevin Lynch blamed “schoolboy defending” for his side losing 4-1 at home to Matlock Town in their final game before Christmas.
A dreadful start saw Matlock take a 2-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes and although the Bay got themselves back in the game at 2-1 with John Marsden’s goal early in the second half, they couldn’t build on the momentum that should have given them and instead conceded two more poor goals in the last eleven minutes to extend their winless run in the league to eight games.
Shaun Tuck had a goal ruled out for offside and had another effort brilliantly saved by Matlock keeper George Willis, but although the Seagulls had two penalty shouts turned down and Joe Newton was also denied by the keeper’s outstretched leg, Matlock adapted much better to the atrocious conditions and were always a threat on the break, forcing three or four good saves out of Shaun Pearson.
“People can blame the conditions, but is just basic defending that has cost us,” said the manager.
“Sometimes the lads have to take responsibility for what happens on the pitch and today we had to carry too many players. They have to take a hard look at themselves.
“You can’t defend the schoolboy errors that we made in defence today. We’ve allowed Matlock to take an early 2-0 lead and the lads have worked so hard at the top end of the pitch to get us back in it at 2-1 and give us the ascendency to turn the game round, but then we’ve shot ourselves in the foot with more basic errors in defence.
“Its really, really disappointing, but the players have to stay positive. I remain confident we can turn it round.”
Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Shaun Dowling, Mike Lea (c), Will Bell, Jordan Fagbola, John Marsden, Josh Sumner, John Dillon, Shaun Tuck, Kevin Holsgrove, Joe Newton (Luke Denson 70mins). Subs not used: Antonie Boland, Glenn Matthews, Zac Corbett.